With a new man at the helm, Richard Medley hopes Notts County can find their place in League One.
Out with Craig and in with 'The Guvnor'
Well, firstly, I need to apologise for not doing a blog for ages.
A load has happened since my last one. Notts have been playing some wonderful football at times, and yet, as I write are sitting just outside League 1's relegation zone. Paul Ince has replaced Craig Short, whose departure I understand was about more than just results.
In fairness, The Guvnor should have been in charge in the first place. Although we've all got degrees in hindsight haven't we? The summer's new additions in general haven't added to what we already had. John Harley looks a class act at left back, although Ince seems to be favouring Stephen Hunt there, who has struggled to make the step up to League 1.
John Spicer is starting to look a player, but Ben Burgess and Liam Chilvers in particular need to do more. Big Ben has been out injured for a while, so let's hope he comes back firing on all cylinders.
So basically, Notts are even more reliant on the side that got us out of League 2. Lee Hughes, Ben Davies, Neil Bishop, Ricky Ravenhill, Mike Edwards, John Thompson, Craig Westcarr. Seven of last season's starting 11 are shoe-ins for me, despite the arrival of players who've supposedly got it in them to take Notts to the next level. Graham Lee can count himself very unfortunate to have lost his place as well.
Ince needs to settle his side quickly, the arrival of Stephen Darby and Thomas Ince from Liverpool should give us a bit of a boost, and some much needed depth to the squad.
Our FA Cup tie at home to Gateshead couldn't have come at a better time, we needed a clean sheet against anybody, despite the performance not quite being there, all positive things start with little steps forward.
Notts have played some blinding stuff at times this season. On trips to Charlton, Colchester and Carlisle, we've been the better side by a mile. Opposing fans have been on our message boards to congratulate us on our style of play and appear equally baffled at how they took the points. Those three games should have yielded nine points for us. Instead they yielded nothing.
After this coming Saturdays trip to Exeter, we've got home games against Tranmere, Swindon and Bournemouth in the cup, in the space of seven days. Come the end of November, we'll know exactly where we are.